Monday, May 19, 2014
Foundations of Teaching for Critical Thinking
9:00 a.m.—3:45 p.m. - Gerald Nosich, Ph.D.
These workshop sessions, presented over a full day, will introduce you to the basic components of critical thinking and ways to build those components into the design of what you teach. The sessions are strongly participatory and approach critical thinking not as something additional to content, but rather as skills, insights, and values integral to understanding and internalizing content. The focus, therefore, is on illustrating how students can come to see what they are learning not as random bits and pieces of information to be memorized, but as a system with a definite set of logical relationships, and as an organized structure of concepts, principles, and understandings they must think their way through in order to learn content. Participants, sometimes individually, sometimes in groups, will be applying central concepts of critical thinking to their own classes and their own disciplines, with their own students in mind.
This workshop will focus on the most central concepts and dimensions of critical thinking: the elements of reasoning, the standards of critical thinking, and the intellectual traits of a critical thinker. The central task of the workshop overall is (a) to analyze, synthesize, and internalize the main concepts of critical thinking, and (b) to contextualize and apply them to one's own teaching. The guiding question throughout is "How can I help my students learn to think more critically in classes, in their disciplines, and in their lives outside the classroom?" Experienced i2a innovators will be available at each workshop table this year to enhance and help deepen the hands-on exercises and group dialogue.